Posts by Matt

Is Serving Alcohol at the Holiday Party a Liability?

Is Serving Alcohol at the Holiday Party a Liability?

Is serving alcohol at the holiday party a liability? If so, what can we do to protect ourselves? Yes, alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they might act in ways that violate your harassment policy. There are steps you can take to protect both yourself and your employees. Here are some practices you might consider: Ahead of Time Employers may be liable for employee misconduct and negligence when the employee is acting “in the course and scope...

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Important Contact Information for Fires

Important Contact Information for Fires

With the sudden onset of major Southern California fires, including the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, we’ve prepared a list of important insurance company contacts for you. As always, Brown & Brown is available to assist you with filing any claims if necessary as well. If you have any questions about your personal lines policies, how to file a claim, or need fire preparedness/fire recovery resources, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-350-6328. UPDATE: The...

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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Last year, nearly 27,000 charges of sexual harassment were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This number doesn’t include charges filed with state and local agencies or situations where employees went directly to an attorney, and many employees who are victims of sexual harassment or are affected by it never report the incidents at all. Victims and witnesses of harassment often refrain from reporting because the harasser has the power to retaliate or because the organization has not...

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Should romantic relationships be banned from the workplace?

Should romantic relationships be banned from the workplace?

Should we ban romantic relationships in the workplace? Depending on the nature of the relationship, how you handle workplace romances is mostly up to your organization’s preference or policy. If the employees do not report to one another and are engaged in a mutually consenting relationship, no action may be needed. Some organizations prefer to ban office dating, but I find this difficult or impossible to enforce and often not worth the time and effort. It can also create a Big Brother-like feeling, reducing...

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Can an at-will employee be required to give notice before leaving?

Can an at-will employee be required to give notice before leaving?

How do I keep an employee at-will but require them to give notice before leaving? At-will employment means an employee can be terminated by an employer at any time, for any reason, and without warning. The employer does not have to establish “just cause” for termination. Unfortunately, an employer may not simultaneously utilize the at-will employment provisions and require that an employee provide notice ahead of separation. Instead, I recommend requesting that employees provide notice as a...

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